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Discounted early, especially by the mass exodus of his campaign leadership, Newt Gingrich has made a surprising comeback. When he chose to go on a cruise rather than visit small towns in Iowa, many thought his campaign was dead in the water. In past election cycles, I think he would have been, but times have changed.

With so many debates, which has kept his face in front of the camera without expense, Newt has been free to do what he does best—be a professor. I remember him when he was at West Georgia College—the only conservative political scientist in the entire state. Even then, his intelligence was clear.

Now, more than three decades later, he has resurrected his campaign and become the clear favorite for all of us who want Obama out but can’t stomach Romney as an alternative.

Newt knows what he’s talking about. Everybody knows that. He’s clearly the best qualified Republican, but his sordid past has clouded his potential success. He says he has changed, and I’ll be darned if I don’t believe him. He’s older and wiser—both of which are appealing, especially when you look at the alternatives.

In the 1930s, people counted out Winston Churchill, many thinking his career was over, but it wasn’t. Instead, he became the champion of democracy and the man most responsible for the defeat of the Fascists and the NAZIs.

When Ronald Reagan ran in 1980, he was an old man, clearly past his prime, disrespected by most in politics. He paid no attention and became a man of destiny, ushering in a quarter-century of prosperity. Now, universally acclaimed, Reagan’s accomplishments have become legendary.

In Newt, perhaps we have exactly what we need—a “new” old man, someone who has the courage to lead and the strength of hisconvictions. He has seen it all and may have the opportunity to become a “Man of Destiny.” At bare minimum, his positive spirit is refreshing.

—Jack Watts

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Father,

I am so distressed and disheartened,

As I see how far we have strayed

From the people we once were—

From who You have called us to be.

As our leaders seek to enhance their fortunes,

Betraying the public trust repeatedly,

Each pointing an accusing finger,

Condemning one another repeatedly,

While eschewing candor and forthrightness;

I long for the honorable leaders we once produced—

For men and women who did what was right,

Regardless of personal consequences;

Whether it was in their best interests or not.

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As I look, I no longer see wise, selfless leadership.

We elect one spineless empty suit after another.

We have leaders who look good but are not—

Leaders with flawless resumes but without character—

Leaders who seemingly do noble things,

While camouflaging their self-serving ways

With layer upon layer of deception,

Tickling the ears of the ignorant and uninformed,

Which most of us have come to be.

As modern day Sophists, our leaders

Legislate what is wrong and call it right,

While repudiating what is right, calling it outdated.

As they willfully and consistently mislead us,

Others smile, benefiting from their duplicity,

Licking their lips, greedily awaiting ill gotten gains

At the expense of the nameless, faceless citizens—

Who have lost another piece of the American dream.

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I see Christians like myself

Point critical fingers at the “liberals,”

Criticizing them for all the woes

And terrible consequences we now face,

While never taking an honest look at ourselves—

Never recognizing how callous our hearts have become,

Never admitting we have embraced judgmentalism,

Rather than steadfastly holding to our purpose

To remain the loving people You have called us to be.

Insisting that material acquisition is a fruit of Your Spirit,

We have fattened our wallets, disregarding Your mandate

To serve the poor and encourage the less fortunate.

In our self-righteousness, while constantly blaming others,

We have ceased to be the salt of the earth.

Our light, which should shine brightly, has dimmed.

As we look to be Raptured—to be bailed out by You,

We refuse to accept personal or corporate responsibility,

All of which belongs to us—the apostates.

Like those we eagerly criticize, we have become

Proficient at faulting everyone other than ourselves.

Our character has atrophied—none are guilt free.

We are all responsible, Father—every one of us.

We have precipitated our decline, endangering our future.

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Lord, have we deteriorated past the point of no return?

Having disregarded our calling, is our devastation certain?

Have we become the generation that destroys

Everything sacrificed by earlier generations to ensure

We would remain the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Is it too late to abandon our legalistic self-serving ways?

Can we return to You in humility and heart-felt gratitude,

During this time of Thanksgiving?

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The answers are in Your hands and not mine,

But since I remain free, I willingly bow my knee

To repent of my arrogant, self-serving ways,

Choosing instead to walk in the light, serving others,

Becoming the person You have called me to be.

Father, although I am just one man—a solitary figure—

I know there are others like me—multiplied millions—

Who desire for America to return to her greatness—

To the heritage that was once a beacon for the world to see—

A “City on a hill” for the entire world to emulate.

Despite the criticism certain to come my way,

From scoffers who call their wickedness righteous

And derisively mock everything I believe,

Derisively calling me unenlightened and ignorant,

I remain resolute and  strong, weathering their diatribes,

Never content to be satisfied until we have once again

Become the people You have destined us to be.

—Jack Watts

WeBelieveAmerica.com

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Although this is a two-part entry—the second being geo-political—this post is by far the more important one—Jack

If you understand a person’s worldview, it’s not difficult to understand that person’s political perspective.

Take my support for Israel for instance, which is a perspective shared by multiplied millions. It comes from a deep philosophical conviction that is a core value. This means it is foundational and will not change. It is as firmly entrenched as our love of country and our belief in American exceptionalism.

Those whose opinions are dissimilar may think we are foolish to believe what we do—and they frequently do—but we remain unmovable. That’s how firm we are.

In reference to Israel, God said, “Cursed be those who curse you, and blessed be those who bless you.” We believe He meant this literally. This statement, which comes from Genesis, is not conceptual. It’s a promise, and America’s prosperity is tied directly to how we treat the nation of Israel. At the core of our being, we believe this to be true. Many people have a difficult time understanding how powerful this conviction is, including most Jewish people.

Because of our beliefs, we see President Obama’s desire to roll back Israel’s borders to their 1967 boundaries as evidence that he is pro Muslim and anti-Israel. This, coupled with bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia and other indicators of his pro-Muslim leanings, makes Obama unacceptable as our leader. Even if he had done a good job with the economy, which he hasn’t, we would not support him.

That’s how strong our convictions are about America being a blessing to the nation of Israel. The politically correct, who are generally pro Palestinian, chide our beliefs as irrational and anti-intellectual, but their contumacy has virtually no impact on our convictions. We remain resolute.

Finally, I haven’t written this post to try to persuade others to embrace my perspective. I’ve written it to help them understand our worldview—nothing more.

—Jack Watts

http://webelieveamerica.com/

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This comment was so good, I’ve decided to post it as a guest editorial—Jack Watts.

I also have no compassion for the graduate assistant who saw with his own eyes the sodomy of a child on the facilities of Penn State.
At 28 years old he was a grown man! Yell, intervene, call 911!!!
But he ran home and called daddy for his back up.
That little boy was the one who needed back up, support, intervention.I realize the assistant reported it the next day, however, he too did nothing more when he could clearly see that for the next 10 years this sicko was allowed free reighn at Penn State.

We are all human; therefore, we all make mistakes and should have the right to make amends and allowed forgiveness.
But to turn a blind eye for 10 years, day after day, seeing this child rapist continuing with his evildoing!!

That is a hard pill for me to swallow.

The assistant and Paterno did report to the next level, so they are free from criminal status….but far from morally absolved. They both deserve to be fired and shamed for a decade of allowing this horror to continue.

The assistant does not deserve to be on the sidelines this weekend either, he condoned the rape of a child that he watched – and turned his back and left. This poor child was left w/ not only the scar of abuse, but knowing that other adults caught his predator and allowed it to continue and probably in the mind of this child thought it must be acceptable since adults saw/knew and did nothing to save him.

God must look down and see Sodom and Gomorrah all over again.

Sign me,
Sick to My Stomach in California.

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The moral outrage expressed over what happened at Penn State is a perfect example of how people with divergent belief systems can agree. Whether liberal or conservative, nobody condones pedophilia. To one and all, Jerry Sandusky is a villain. Nobody condones what he has done.

At the same time, many are willing to give Joe Paterno a pass for his role. After all, he did report the incident to his athletic director, which was his responsibility. After that, it just seemed to go away. Those in charge didn’t want Sandusky’s scandalous behavior to tarnish the image of either the university or its legendary coach.

In essence, by refusing to go public, Sandusky was allowed to continue molesting young boys for another decade, ruining the lives of many innocent children who were unable to defend themselves. They had no voice. Their lives were placed on the sacrificial altar so that Paterno’s image and legacy would remain pristine.

Now that it has all come to the light, this is what he will be remembered for—not all the rest. Most think this is unfair, but I’m not among them. By not taking care of innocent children, he put his image above their welfare, which makes his demise sad and tragic, but justifiable.

—Jack Watts

http://webelieveamerica.com/

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The United States is the wealthiest nation in the world, despite all of our current economic problems. Regardless of one’s political perspective, everybody agrees this is empirically true. The most important question, however, is this: what is the source of our wealth?

Obviously, we have been blessed with abundant natural resources, which we developed free from the wars that engulfed Europe in the nineteenth century, thanks to the Monroe Doctrine. But there’s more to it than resources.

From our earliest settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the people had a mindset that spawned the growth of our great nation, and we still live in the residual blessing of their accomplishments. Our forefathers worked hard and were frugal. Making more than they spent was a way of life for them, and they never deviated from it. It wasn’t in their nature to do so. As a result, tremendous wealth was accumulated, readily available for the Industrial Revolution.

In his seminal work, The Puritan Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber explained how all of this came about. Perhaps you read it in school.

In the twenty-first century, however, we have forgotten the ways of our forefathers, choosing to spend more than we earn, which has made us a nation of debtors. The problem isn’t simply that we spend more than we make. If it was, the remedy would be easy, but the problem goes far deeper.

It’s our mindset that’s the real problem. We have come to believe we deserve wealth; we are entitled to it. Consequently, we elect politicians who promise us more, when our resources have declined, making their promises beyond their capacity to achieve.

If we continue in the direction we are headed, we will eventually collapse—just as the Romans did fifteen hundred years earlier. It’s inevitable. Our only hope is to return to our original values—hard work and frugal living. To accomplish this, we must renew our minds, repudiating the false message of the prosperity gospel, which is believed by millions, and return to out foundational heritage. The Puritans led the way, and we—as Christians—must pick up the mantle and return to the ways that made us great. If we don’t . . .

Jack Watts

http://webelieveamerica.com/

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Life is filled with interesting ironies. For me, one of my favorites is how we pick Presidential candidates.

Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life have come through my failures—not through my successes. I suspect most people would agree with this.

The valleys are where we learn our lessons. That’s where most of us come to develop our values—not on the mountaintops when everything is running smoothly. In times of despair, we ask ourselves hard questions, developing maturity in the process. It’s through loss that we come to develop estimable character qualities.

It’s the same for Presidential candidates. It’s through life experiences they develop the kind of qualities necessary to lead a nation of 310 million people. That means candidates have to experience failure—just like you and I do.

Unfortunately, when someone runs for President, any chink in a candidate’s armor is exploited by the press and by rival candidates—each eager to destroy the candidate’s reputation. A person’s failure is used to point out how unworthy he or she is to lead, while never taking into consideration that’s where the candidate learned the life lesson necessary to lead.

I doubt that Abraham Lincoln would have made it through today’s gauntlet of criticism, having failed so often in life. Our nation would have been deprived of one our finest leaders—a man who was absolutely essential for our nation’s survival.

What we lack today is quality leadership. It simply isn’t there, regardless of party affiliation. The people nominated are those who have little to criticize. Unfortunately, they also lack the experiences in life necessary to weather difficult situations successfully. What we are left with are outwardly attractive people, but nearly all of them lack what we really need—proven character, capable of leading.

Jack Watts

http://webelieveamerica.com/

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